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Room Enough for Daisy
By (author): Debby Waldman By (author): Rita Feutl Illustrated by: Cindy Revell
9781554692552 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Toys, Dolls & Puppets North America Oct 01, 2011
$19.95 CAD
Active 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.4 in 32 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Daisy's room seems small until she discovers what's really important.

Daisy has more toys than she knows what to do with. In this story, inspired by an Eastern European folktale about a house that's too small, Daisy thinks she needs a bigger bedroom for all the gifts on her birthday list. Her clever mom helps her realize less is more, and Daisy decides to donate many of her things to a Mitzvah Day rummage sale. In the process, Daisy learns about sharing and the satisfaction that comes from choosing what's important.

Debby Waldman is the author of a number of children's books including A Sack Full of Feathers and Miriam’s Secret and has written for publications including People, Publishers Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Sports Illustrated for Kids. An educator, she has taught writing and journalism at Cornell University, Ithaca College, St. Lawrence University and Grant MacEwan University. Since 2011 she has been a writing advisor at the Academic Success Centre at the University of Alberta. She lives in Edmonton.

Born in Toronto to immigrant parents, Rita Feutl learned English after she started school and discovered all the books in the library. She wrote her first story when she was seven. Rita grew up to be a journalist, editor and teacher. She writes books for kids and young adults when she’s not cycling or traveling or—best of all—cycling and traveling. Rita lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband.

Cindy Revell’s illustrations have been used on billboards and wine bottles, and in magazines and numerous children’s books all over North America. She has worked with clients like Disney, Penguin Putnam, the L.A. Times and Scholastic. Her book Mallory and the Power Boy (Annick Press) was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s book illustration. She lives in Edmonton.

"Provide[s] plenty of topics for discussion, including how to donate and recycle unwanted items, learning to appreciate what you have and more is not always better." - Kirkus Reviews

"A wonderful aid for teaching the concept of 'less is more.' Waldman and Feutl imbue the story with a light tone, powerful message, and realistic characters. Revell's illustrations, done in the same colourful, folk-art style as previous collaborations with Waldman...are a treat for the eyes. Readers will enjoy returning to Daisy's busy room and discovering details missed the first time around." - Quill & Quire

"A picture book which shows how living with less can benefit an individual and a community." - Resource Links

"Great for discussions about greed, entitlement, and charity." - School Library Journal

"A delightful and inspiring picture book...The story provides plenty of topics for discussion with young children, including how to donate and recycle unwanted items, learning to appreciate what you have and [that] more is not always better...Colourful and whimsical illustrations will capture the interest and imagination of children of all ages." - Edmonton Jewish News

"Teach[es] us to declutter and make room for what is really important in our lives...The pictures here are bright and lively...Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Bright and bold and perfectly engaging. For a book in this format, there is a lot of text and a very well-spun story. There's lots going on here and many reasons for readers aged four to eight to return...The moral here is present but not overwhelming and the illustrations are colorful, bright and offer young readers lots to look at. This is a very good book for young children in every way." - January Magazine, Best Books of 2011

[Starred review]"This picture book skillfully tackles the topic of children who want more and more 'stuff.'...Colorful digitally painted illustrations in bright tones outlined in black depict the clutter without overwhelming, and Daisy is cute and expressive with her wide freckled face and pigtails. In a culture that decrees that having more is being more, it is refreshing to find a book that broaches the topic of over-consumption as well as the idea of giving back." - Jewish Book World

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